"Tennessee Trails" through Bedford County

Bedford County TN Biographies


Richard Ewell McLure, a member of one of the old and prominent families of Tennessee, devoted many years to the printing business, but since 1919 he has been identified with public affairs and is the present nominee for the office of county trustee of Davidson county. He was born near Shelbyville, in Bedford county, Tennessee, March 1, 1877, a son of Levi Gordon and Virginia Caroline (Vance) McLure, who were also natives of that county. The paternal grandfather, Richard Wesley McLure, was a native of Scotland and as a youth he came to the United States, locating in Bedford county, Tennessee, where his marriage occurred. Prior to the outbreak of the Civil war he engaged in the manufacture of shoes and also operated a tannery but after the restoration of peace he retired from active business pursuits, spending his remaining years on his farm in Bedford county. His son, Levi G. McLure, also followed agricultural pursuits for a time, but in the early '80s, when thirty-five years of age, he went to Florida, where he learned the machinist's trade, later becoming an engineer, and while residing in that section of the country he made some investments which proved unprofitable. His demise occurred in 1903. The mother is now a resident of Huntsville, Alabama. She is a representative of one of the pioneer families of Tennessee, her great-grandfather having removed from North Carolina to Bedford county, this state. Richard Ewell McLure attended the public schools of Orlando, Florida, to the age of fourteen years, when he began learning the printer's trade, which he followed successfully until 1919, with the exception of a short interval. During the last twenty-two years of that period he was associated with printing firms of Nashville and from 1906 until 1919 he was employed on the composing staff of the Banner, one of the leading newspapers of the city. In 1919 he was made deputy trustee of Davidson county and in the June primary of 1922 he was nominated for the office of county trustee, the incumbent in that position at that time being A. B. Bell. Mr. McLure was elected and was inducted into office on September 1, 1922, his term of service being two years. He is well qualified to discharge the duties of the position. In 1904 Mr. McLure was married to Miss Margaret S. Anderson, a daughter of J. J. Anderson, for many years one of the leading carriage manufacturers of Nashville.

To Mr. and Mrs. McLure were born two children, one of whom survives, Margaret S. Mr. and Mrs. McLure also have an adopted daughter, Katie Rose Woods. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, South. Mr. McLure has also become well known in fraternal circles of the city, being a member of Simley Lodge, No. 90, I. O. O. F.; Iva Lodge, No. 34, K. P.; and the Woodmen of the World camp. He is a prominent Mason, belonging to Cumberland Lodge, No. 8, F. & A. M., of which he has been master; Trinity Consistory, No. 2, A. & A. S. R.; Al Menah Temple of the Mystic Shrine; and he is also a member of Tooba Grotto of the Veiled Prophets. He is likewise identified with the National Exchange Club and Typographical Union, No. 20, of which he has been president. From the age of fourteen Mr. McLure has fought life's battles unaided and the years have chronicled his growing success. His fellow townsmen attest his sterling qualities and personal worth and he has gained a wide circle of friends during the period of his residence in Nashville.

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